By Bob McNally, For the Times-Union

Best Bet

A sure sign of early summer are bream bedding, and that’s the news out of Lake Lochloosa, southeast of Gainesville, according to Jacksonville angler Al Green. He reports anglers there using grass shrimp baits (seined from weed beds) are deadly, and big numbers of tasty bream are being caught from lily pad regions.

Green also reports crappie fishing has been very good on Lochloosa, where he competed in a tournament and boated crappies to nearly 2 pounds. Lots of small crappies are caught by anglers slow trolling double jig rigs with triple tail bodies, but good fish are available, too, in open water.


Beach Capt. Noel Kuhn says surf fishing continues excellent for a wide variety of species, with pier fishermen also getting in on the action. Stable surf water temperature has aided hot live bait and lure fishing for ladyfish, seatrout, bluefish and Spanish mackerel. Fresh shrimp and sand flea baits are doing the job on pompano, whiting and black drum.

Atlantic Beach surf fishing expert Spencer Brogden reports trout, drum and redfish have been hitting well near the Jacksonville Beach Pier during clean water periods. Pompano and whiting are best north of Jacksonville Beach, taking clam and sand flea baits.

Jacksonville’s Wes Allen is touting abundant blacktip and spinner sharks in the surf at Little Talbot Island. During a recent trip there he hooked five fish in the 100 to 200 pound range. Mixed with the sharks at Talbot are whiting, redfish and pompano.

Capt. Tony Bozzella led a pair of anglers to a mix catch of Spanish mackerel, jacks, bluefish and ladyfish during the last of an outgoing tide in the lower St. Johns River and nearby reaches of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). From there Bozzella and crew

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